Hemp milk is made from the hearts, or seeds, of the hemp plant. Vegans have been using this drink for years, but only recently have others begun to understand why.
1.Contains Lots of Protein and Vitamins
Essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, plus 10 essential amino acids are found in hemp hearts. This equals high protein in every serving. 46% of the RDA of Calcium is contained in an 8-ounce glass of hemp milk in addition to the following vitamins:
- Vitamins A, B12, D, E
2.It’s Lactose Free
Hemp milk is a great substitute for those that are lactose intolerant. Approximately 25% of the American population will lose their tolerance for dairy products as they mature. Since this is a genetically influenced condition, a healthy alternative is good news.
3.Contains No Nut Allergens
When we think of nuts and the allergies that some people have, using the nuts, or seeds, of the hemp plant may cause concern. However, hemp nuts are different than tree nuts and do not pose the same threat.
4.It’s Legal To Buy
There is no (or very little) THC delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of marijuana, contained in the seeds of the hemp plant. This makes hemp seeds perfectly safe and legal to purchase in the US.
5.It Tastes Great
Many users compare the taste of hemp seeds to that of sunflower seeds. They have a sweet, nutty flavor that is not overpowering and the flavor is easily adjusted by adding natural sweeteners of your choice.
In addition to all of these assets, hemp milk can be made in your own kitchen. Blend one part of seeds to 5 parts of water. Add fruit or honey to perfect the taste and strain.
Although it may be difficult to find hemp milk on the grocery store shelves, more and more manufacturers are popping up to meet the growing demand. Whole Foods Market currently stocks hemp milk at many of their locations. You can also check with local organic grocery stores in your area.